August 24, 2004

Fighting Back Against 419 Spam

I was listening to a program on NPR tonight in which they interviewed someone who responded to the ubiquitous Nigerian spammers by engaging the writer in a counterscam, one that required the Nigerian to join the fictitious Church of the Painted Breast. Hilarity, of course, ensued.

By trimming back the URL, I found that this was just one example of a much larger world of Scambaiting with many efforts underway. Even though McLuhan foresaw that we would all be part of a global village, could he possibly have imagined all this?

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At 11:41 AM, David J. Montgomery said...

The company I work for has a play listed that's about a guy who carried on a 9 month email exchange with one of these scammers. Can you imagine? He claimed to be a "sexually confused Florida millionaire."

Afterwards he wrote a play about their...I don't know what you'd call it. Friendship? :) He calls it his "Nigerian Spam Scam Scam."

I have to confess, I did write back to one of these scammers, negotiating my fee. I think he caught on fairly quickly, though, that I was pranking him.

 
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At 1:58 PM, Anonymous said...

There's some good scambaiting at
Frank Rizzo and the 419 Zeros
that shows just how stupid/desperate these scammers really are. An experiment was done using a nonsense generator to compose correspondence with them, and it sometimes carried on for months before the scammer finally gave up!

 
At 1:03 PM, dating woman said...

"Nigerian Fee Fraud and Online Dating Scam"
We have allready a hug data-base of pictures and emails used in scam. Its a big epidemic in the net. Now this Nigerian Spammer and Scammer use to operating from Senegal and Ivory Coast.

 

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